January 1, 2011

Bulldogs bury Michigan in Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., - No. 21 Mississippi State won its fourth consecutive bowl game in convincing fashion as the Bulldogs dominated Michigan 52-14 in the Progressive Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on Saturday in front of 68,325.

MSU rolled up 485 yards of offense on the day and had the game well in hand by halftime.

"Our players did a good job of being focused on the reason that we were here, which was to win this football game," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "Proud of everybody in the organization and couldn't be happier.

The Bulldogs (9-4) had a balanced offensive attack with 281 yards through the air and another 204 yards on the ground.

Chris Relf was named the game's most valuable player accounting for 311 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Relf completed 18-of-23 passing for 281 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on a hail mary pass before halftime. He aldo added 30 yards on the ground and another score.

"I felt good out there today," Relf said. "I worked really hard in the offseason on my passing. I felt really good throwing the ball."

Relf wore Nick Bell's No. 36 for the game in tribute to his fallen teammate who lost his battle with brain cancer earlier in the season.

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